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Natasha Tripney’s theatre picks: April 27

A scene from Brideshead Revisited at the Theatre Royal York. Photo: Mark Douet
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After the onslaught of last week, with a major opening taking place every night as well as the events to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare, the next seven days are far quieter in comparison, thanks in part to the bank holiday. There are still some big shows on the horizon both in London and around the UK.

Brideshead Revisited – Theatre Royal, York

I’m really excited about this. Damian Cruden directs Bryony Lavery’s adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s most famous novel for English Touring Theatre. The 1980s Granada version starring Jeremy Irons is still beloved by many (the 2008 film far less so) and I’m fascinated to see what happens when Lavery gets hold of Sebastian Flyte. A Theatre Royal York co-production, it opens there ahead of UK tour.

Opening Skinner’s Box – Northern Stage, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Following on from The Tempest last year, Northern Stage collaborates with Improbable once again for Opening Skinner’s Box, a production based on the book by Lauren Slater exploring 10 great psychological experiments. It opens in Newcastle on April 27 ahead of a UK tour.

The Iphigenia Quartet – Gate Theatre, London

The interest in things Greek shows no sign of abating with London’s Gate Theatre staging an ambitious reworking of Iphigenia at Aulis by an exciting quartet of playwrights – Chris Thorpe, Lulu Raczka, Suhayla El-Bushra and Caroline Bird. Arranged in two double bills, the plays open on May 3.

Schism – Finborough Theatre, London

Zoe Wanamaker will star in the Donmar's Elegy
Zoe Wanamaker will star in the Donmar’s Elegy

There’s been a lot of discussion about representation of late and how we people our stages but disability tends to get overlooked in these conversations. Written and co-performed by Athena Stevens, Schism explores an unlikely 20-year relationship. It opens at the Finbrough on April 29.

Elegy – Donmar Warehouse, London

Nick Payne continues his exploration of the human mind – following Constellations and Incognito. Elegy, which opens on April 27, boasts a cracking trio of female performers in Barbara Flynn, Nina Sosanya and Zoe Wanamaker, and is directed by Josie Rourke.

This Room – Battersea Arts Centre, London

Laura Jane Dean follows up her acclaimed debut show, Head Hand Head, a piece about living with obsessive-compulsive disorder, with another sensitive, exposing show about living with the condition and the therapeutic process. It’s at Battersea Arts Centre from April 25-27.

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